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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided we had to visit McCarthy after watching the Edge of Alaska reality(?) TV series. Of course we drove in on the infamous McCarthy road. They had three inches of rain that day. That was an adventure of its own but, apart from the weather obstructing the views, was uneventful. after crossing the footbridge (in pouring rain) we took... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent four nights here and everything was perfect. The owner even woke us up the first night we were there at midnight so we could view the Northern Lights. Breakfast was first class as was the service and food/drink in the Golden Saloon. This is the place to stay in McCarthy.

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Winston Salem
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of a kind, out of the way place. Back to the way life used to be. No electricity in the room. No room key or locks. Charge your phones in the lobby with everyone else's all night and it remains untouched. A refreshing change.

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Topanga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps our family's favorite discovery yet! McCarthy is a true adventure destination, and Ma Johnson's was the perfect time artifact at the end of the road, so to speak. Or more like a cherry on an already awesome slice of Alaskan cake. My husband and 12 yr old daughter and I took the bumpy road in from the west-- what... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite the mud in the street outside the interior was clean and welcoming. The room was as basic as expected but quite comfortable. We worried about sharing bathrooms but there were plenty of bathrooms to go around and they always seemed to be freshly cleaned. We enjoyed spending some time in the sitting room where we could also charge our... More 

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Thank Itchyfoot17
Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not many extras! Nice cozy traditional (old school) hotel. Small but comfortable! Will be staying again, I am sure! Beautiful hotel and wonderful atmosphere. I could easily imagine I was travelling at the turn of the century and staying at a nice, dry, luxurious hotel and not sleeping in my wagon!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a really good time here. Firstly it should be remembered that these are old buildings. So the rooms are simple and small but that is part of the charm and what you sign up for e.g. Shared bathroom, no power sockets in room...or wifi (how did we ever survive before these necessaries?!) It is good to get away... More 

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Albany, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Ma Johnsons. The room are very small. Just room for a bed and small night stand. Luggage is squeezed against the wall next to the bed. Internet is very slow. Shared showers and bathrooms. Across the street is a bar. Thursday night is open mic night. The crowd was out on the street until 2 am making... More 

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Thank Tim K
AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Tim, Thanks for taking the time to review your experience in McCarthy. We are sorry to hear that you were kept awake at night by the noise from the saloon across the street. Please email or call so we can issue a 100% refund as it is your vacation and we failed to provide you with a fantastic experience.... More 

Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Ma Johnson's Hotel in McCarthy is a wonderful step back in time. It has preserved the historical slice of life when the town was hustling and bustling. The Hotel is well appointed with artifacts as well as very friendly and accommodating staff. Everyone should visit McCarthy AK and when you do; you must stay at Ma Johnson's Hotel. 😉👍🏻👍🏻😉

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AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

Joe B Thanks for taking the time to write your review of our little town and hotel! So glad you enjoyed your stay! -Neil More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

If you want a unique experience in the wilds of Alaska...make reservations at the Ma Johnson and travel to McCarty and Kennecott Alaska. After driving down a 60 mile dirt road and crossing a footbridge...one is met by Kris, manager of the Ma Johnson Lodge. She was so helpful and informative about the hotel and the goings-on of the tiny... More 

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AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

JanPC: Thanks for taking the time to review our little hotel and your experience here. Our team of professionals led by our hotel manager, Kris Wiley, is why everything works so well in McCarthy. Thank you so much for recognizing our great team! We are always delighted when the guest's stay is a highlight of their Alaskan vacation! - Neil More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more   less 

Additional Information about McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

Address: 101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
Location: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > McCarthy
Price Range: $110 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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